What Are Marvel’s Ten Rings?

SHANG-CHI SPOILERS AHEAD!

Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings opened yesterday, and I’ve already covered who Shang-Chi is, and who the Mandarin is, but I haven’t covered maybe one of the most important questions: What Are The Ten Rings?

In the film, the Ten Rings refer to two separate things: the rings worn by Wenwu around his arms, as well as his organisation. But, in the comics, the organisation is the Five Weapon Society, and the rings take on a slightly different form, and have some very special powers!

What Are The Ten Rings?

The Ten Rings are rings worn on the fingers on the Mandarin, and each one contains a different power. The reason why the rings have power is because each one contains the soul of a cosmic warrior.

Where Did They Come From?

The Ten Rings come from space – specifically from Axonn-Karr, a dragon-esque alien from the planet Maklu IV. Axonn-Karr came to Earth and died centuries before the Mandarin found their ship, and subsequently the rings, and learnt how to power the rings.

What Can They Do?

Each Ring has a different power – pictured below is an overview of each ring, which finger they are worn on, and what each one does.

Image panel from Invincible Iron Man issue 1 art by Carmine Di Giandomenico

How Do They Work?

It’s not entirely known how the Rings work, but it does seem as though they work through a mental bond with their user.

Who Uses Them?

The Mandarin is the only person to use the Rings regularly, but once, they were taken by S.H.I.E.L.D., but the Rings escaped. After the escape, the Rings sought out new hosts – the most significant being Malekith the Accuser.

And that’s an overview of the Ten Rings! I hope this was a useful guide, and if you have any questions, please leave them down below!

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